style=”text-align: justify;”>style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, Geneva; font-size: 14px;”>Last summer a Blogger Friend asked me: Do Brazilians consider themselves Hispanic? I said, it’s a good question; the answer is no, but your definition of Hispanic includes us in this category, regardless. We are definitely Latinos!
A year passed by and here I see myself debating and having my anger and emotions in turmoil over the same questions, now raising another question: Why don’t Hispanics include Brazilians (BRAZIL) in the category? Why do Latinos exclude us from the Latino Group.
Don’t get me wrong, I will always have my Latin fire while I am alive and my Brazilian spirit will never leave me. It makes me unique and who I am! But lately, things have stirred and woken up my dormant patriotism, let’s say the timid fire is now full blown with a different perspective.
Watching the world cup, the players sing our National Anthem and when the short version stops, the whole stadium singing it until the end, made me cry one day!
The people accusing Brazil to be involved in buying results infuriates me, beyond reason. The uncalled violence against Neymar put me on a verge of saying things I would regret to bloggers I admire, so glad I didn’t cross the line and ignored their comments all over FB! My need to call my sister and Parents, before or after the games to talk about it!
Those are just some examples of how it stirred the the love for my country in me, how it brought me memories of other world cups and how big soccer is in Brazil and in our lives.
It also gave me a sense of separation, since my Hispanic friends are cheering for Spanish speaking teams only, not Brazil! It made me feel less Hispanic and More Brazilian! It shook my identity and beliefs, since I have never felt the separation and segregation as I’ve felt this weekend! “Brazilians are basically on the other side of the fence, we’re not cheering for you” was the message all over FB, a sad but eye opening message, which touched me personally.
This weekend’s experience will not in any way diminish my love and respect for fellow Latina Bloggers and Hispanic FB friends who were sending out those messages. It did give me a broader picture of where I stand and who I am as far as identity. I know the heat of the games and passion involved make people say things they don’t always mean, but this whole experience opened my eyes to who I am. It was my A-HA Latina Moment, this is who I am and there is a real separation between us, at least, when soccer is involved!
It helped me define my personality with more clarity and helped me understand where I stand, but above all, made me homesick, missing my people, my culture and my friends who would share my thoughts and feelings after the game.
My true Latina Colors came out of this experience, giving me stronger confidence and tools to express myself, knowing better where I stand and who I am! It opened that curtain to unveil the unique trendy-latina/” title=”View all articles about Trendy Latina here”>Trendy Latina I am! It also inspired me to share more about our culture, our food, our nation and how close and yet far we are from other Hispanic Countries! Just Fascinating!
Such an amazing and liberating experience! Couldn’t wait to share it all with you! Would love to hear what you think? Are Brazilians Latinos?
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